hydrocortisone valerate, Westcort

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GENERIC NAME: hydrocortisone valerate

BRAND NAME: Westcort

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Hydrocortisone valerate is a synthetic (man-made) corticosteroid that is used on the skin (topically). The naturally-occurring corticosteroid is cortisol or hydrocortisone produced by the adrenal gland. Corticosteroids have potent anti-inflammatory actions and also suppress the immune response. The FDA approved hydrocortisone valerate in March 1978.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Hydrocortisone valerate is used for the relief of itching and inflammation caused by a wide variety of skin conditions (for example, insect bites, allergic reactions and eczema).

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of hydrocortisone valerate are:

  • burning,
  • itching,
  • irritation, and
  • dryness at application sites.

Side effects are more frequent when occlusive dressings or large quantities are applied. Applying corticosteroids to infected skin may worsen the infection. Long-term use may lead to atrophy of the skin and pigmentation changes. Prolonged use of hydrocortisone can depress the ability of the body's adrenal glands to produce corticosteroids. Abruptly stopping hydrocortisone in these individuals can cause symptoms of corticosteroid insufficiency, along with:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/25/2015



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